PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (8)


This subject introduces students to current methodological and statistical techniques used in psychological research. A number of methodological approaches and data collection techniques are examined and evaluated. Students are also introduced to hypothesis testing, a range of common parametric and non-parametric inferential tests, and computer analysis of data.

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Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

PSY101 and PSY102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the value of quantitative research;
  • describe the applications, limitations, strengths, and weaknesses of a range of research methodologies;
  • select appropriate methodology(ies) for answering research questions;
  • describe the concepts, principles, and processes involved in developing high quality research;
  • describe and apply the ethical principles to be followed in carrying out research in psychology;
  • select, compute, and interpret selected parametric and non-parametric statistics appropriate to nominated research methods;
  • use a computer package (eg., SPSS) to analyse data; and
  • follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association for reporting research.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • * the foundations of research
  • * introduction to quantitative methods
  • * sampling
  • * ethical principles in psychological research
  • * topics in parametric statistics
  • * topics in non-parametric statistics
  • * power, effect size, and confidence intervals
  • * conventions for report writing in psychology


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.